WASHINGTON, DC: The coordinated efforts of the Obama Brennan Coup to spy on and destroy Donald Trump involved the highest levels of the State Department and Department of Defense.
It is now clear that the inner circle of the Obama White House, including the former President himself, were coordinators of the entire Russia hoax from inception through the Mueller inquisition. From the start all the way up to the coming indictments.
A coordinated conspiracy run from the Obama White House
That all elements of the senior departments of the major agencies of the United States Government were illegally weaponized to destroy a political opponent. A coordinated assault on the constitution and the Republic.
To sabotage an incoming President. Overthrow the government of the United States. Abuse their authorities to openly frame, smear and seek the destruction and criminal indictment of a duly elected President using the evidence they themselves fabricated. The Steele Dossier. The Mifsud, Halper, Downer frame-up.
All coordinated at the very top by John Brennan. Under the direction of Barack Obama.
Using the elements of NSA surveillance and international spy agencies to spy on Americans. To set up George Papadopoulos. Feed the fabricated Kremlin disinformation from the Steele dossier to the FBI nine ways to Sunday.
To stage a coup attempt against the elected government of Donald Trump.
Simpson, Steele and the State Department
We now know that Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS were in regular contact with Victoria Nuland and Jonathan Winer at the State Department throughout 2016 and into 2017. Pushing the contents of the Steele Dossier. We know that Clinton crony Sydney Blumenthal was doing the same.
Thanks to newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch, we know that the State Department was, in the words of Tom Fitton, “all hands on deck” on the Steele dossier, from inception to disseminate throughout the government. That Victoria Nuland was briefing Democrat House Leader Steny Hoyer on a regular basis.
We also know that the John Brennan coordination with the foreign intelligence agencies of Italy, UK and Australia required State Department knowledge, coordination and approval. Ultimately, that could only come from Secretary of State John Kerry.
Clinton cronies: Sydney Blumenthal and Glenn Simpson
It is startling to see the level of high officials who were an integral part of initiating and coordinating the Russia hoax. Even as they were certain that Steele and Glenn Simpson were politically motivated. Especially as they knew they were in the employ of Hillary Clinton and the DNC.
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In a sinister ironic twist, Sydney Blumenthal is cited as vouching for the veracity of Christopher Steele and the Steele dossier on the FISA warrant application written by Andrew Weissmann and Peter Strzok. Prior to that, they had actually been directly warned by State Department officials, and by Bruce Ohr, that Steele was highly politically motivated and that the contents of the Dossier were likely Kremlin disinformation.
Stefan Halper: Paid by the DOD to spy on Trump
We know that Stefan Halper was paid $400,000 by the Department of Defense between July of 2016 and Sept of 2017 for his work with John Brennan in trying to entrap George Papadopolous in London. Halper was paid over $1 million dollars by the DOD for reports of dubious value, over 4 years. Halper attended one session with a female FBI informant, using an assumed name, who also tried to seduce Papadopoulos.
That the DOD was a conduit for the payoff of the Cambridge Professor and American intelligence asset, then DOD head Ash Carter would have had to have been involved. We know Ash Carter and John Brennan tried to have NSA Director Mike Rogers fired the week after Trump was elected.
After Rogers discovered and reported the illegal spying by the Obama White House from 2012 – 2016 to the FISA court. And briefed the President-elect at Trump tower without notifying Brennan.
This is above and beyond what occurred in the campaign to destroy Trump in particular.
So Ash Carter and the Department of Defense can be added to the corrupted elements of the Obama Administration that blatantly abused their surveillance powers. Paid off, Stefan Halper. Actively and publicly conspired with John Brennan to remove the only man who knew the truth about the coup and the abuse. Admiral Mike Rogers at the NSA.
Framing Papadopolous with Mifsud, Halper, and Downer
We already know that John Brennan arranged for CIA asset Joseph Mifsud to meet with Papadopoulas, coordinated with the Italian intelligence agencies. MI-6 was clearly involved in the Stefan Halper and Australian Diplomat Alexander Downer’s attempts to entrap Papadopoulos in London.
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We also know there is exonerating evidence on the tapes and transcripts from the intelligence surveillance of those meetings. On the tape, Papadopoulos is clearly heard to say that he would never work with the Russians and that doing so would be treason. This exculpatory evidence was never presented to the FISA court and was hidden by the Mueller inquisition.
We also know that Brennan included the Steele Dossier in the bogus National Intelligence Assessment estimate of October 2016. Leaked like a sieve to the New York Times and Washington Post during the transition period. And was the point man for the entire operation, using the CIA as a weapon against the Republican Presidential nominee and incoming President of the United States. Such unprecedented treachery is criminal sedition, and dangerously unhinged.
A wide conspiracy run by the Obama White House
We already know of the role of the DOJ and the FBI in this sordid story of a constitutional crisis. We can name the names of those who are in the crosshairs of US Attorney John Durham. James Comey, Peter Strzok, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Sally Yates, Andrew Weissman, and Loretta Lynch come to mind. We know the head of DNI, James Clapper, and John Brennan worked closely with James Comey at every stage of the Russia hoax.
Obama Brennan, Coup, CIA, FBI, DOJ, Comey, Weissburg, Strzok, Clapper, Page, Steele In the Obama White House, the President was receiving regular “eyes only” briefings from John Brennan on the fruits of their illegal surveillance of Americans from at least 2012 – 2016. As FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in April of 2017, of the 40000 searches of NSA databases, 85% or 32,500 were illegal and unconstitutional. Violations of the constitution and the 4th amendment.
“Unauthorized surveillance” and “Political Surveillance”
It is this activity that, among others, William Barr is referring to when he mentions “unauthorized surveillance” and “political surveillance”. No one had the authority to order and allow such a broad conspiracy to take place in so many agencies except for the President of the United States.
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A counterintelligence investigation like the one launched against Trump by Peter Strzok is always on the specific authorization of the President. “The White House wants to know everything we are doing” texted Strzok to his co-conspirator Lisa Page. Sure they do.
The Obama White House had been running the Russia Hoax all along. This doesn’t even touch on the role of Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes and Samantha Powers in the coordination of the whole affair. Or the unmasking of American Citizens.
Now we know how systematic it was. The State Department, The Defense Department, the DOJ, the DNI, the CIA, the FBI. Just weeks before Trump took office the junta of coup plotters met in the Oval Office. Obama, Biden, Rice, Jarrett, Brennan, Clapper, Comey and Sally Yates. To plan out the next steps. Leaking the Steele dossier. Sabotaging the incoming President.
Conspiracy to overthrow the duly elected Government
The Obama Brennan coup attempt against President Trump is an assault on Democracy like never seen before. The Andrew Weissman, Peter Strzok insurance policy of the Mueller inquisition has left our country polarized, and paralyzed the political discourse with a diabolical basket of intentional smears. John Brennan has done more damage to America than the Russians could do in 100 years.
As Tom Fitton says, “If these were generals doing the same thing, you would call it a coup”.
Well when its the CIA, DNI, DOJ, DOD, State Department and the Obama White House all working in concert to destroy the incoming President and remove him from office, then a coup is what it was. And the guilty must be exposed and punished.
We are about to find out what kind of country we live in. If John Durham delivers justice, transparency, and indictments of the coup plotters, then we will know that the integrity of the Republic is secure. But only by revealing the ugly truth about the full range of criminal activity will we finally be able to move forward.
Only God can forgive those who created this mess.
For now, in the name of public integrity, John Durham has to follow this wherever it leads. All the way to the Oval Office and Barack Hussein Obama. The truth be told lest the heavens fall.
Amid the flurry of details about spying on Michael Flynn, lying to secret courts about Carter Page, leaking classified documents, and more, it’s easy to get lost in the muck. It’s important to stand back, identify the worst abuses, and explain why they matter for American democracy. These abuses didn’t simply follow each other; their targets, goals, and principal players overlapped. Taken together, they represent some of the gravest violations of constitutional norms and legal protections in American history. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, whether you like Donald Trump or loathe him, these violations matter.
Some call this debacle “Obamagate” since the key officials were his appointees and the White House was directly involved. But they got plenty of help. Some came from the permanent bureaucracy, especially in law enforcement and intelligence. Still more came from the mainstream media, which served as conduits for classified leaks aimed at Trump, his campaign, and then his presidency. For over three years, the media’s top story was “Trump colluded with Russia.” When that imploded after the Mueller Report, they moved on to impeachment.
The entrenched elites behind these scandals are the Swamp at its most sulfurous. They spied illegally on Americans and used powerful tools of government to damage the party-out-of-power, its outsider candidate, and then his new presidency. It’s worse than a single surveillance scandal. It’s three huge ones, intertwined. All were abuses of power. Some were crimes.
Scandal No. 1: Massive, illegal surveillance of American citizens, using the database of the National Security Agency
During the second term of President Obama, and perhaps earlier, private firms from outside the government were allowed to trawl through the massive NSA database of phone calls, emails, and text messages. Without any warrants, they spied on vast numbers of American citizens. The public still doesn’t know who did it, who authorized it, or how the metadata was used.
This illegal practice ended in summer 2016 when the agency’s head, Adm. Mike Rogers, learned about it. He stopped it immediately and reported it to the Rosemary Collyer, chief judge of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court. Judge Collyer issued a scathing, heavily redacted report about the illegal activity, but, so far, no one has been indicted.
Scandal No. 2: Spying on the Trump campaign
When NSA surveillance was halted, the Obama administration lost its secret eyes on domestic political activity and especially on the rising Trump campaign. To regain that vision, the CIA and FBI launched new surveillance efforts. Three elements stand out. First, the executive branch, then controlled by Democrats, was determined to spy on the opposition party. Second, much of the spying was conducted by agencies that are limited, by law, to foreign operations. Since their goal was actually domestic surveillance and since that was illegal, they apparently outsourced some of it to friendly foreign governments, who relayed the information back to Washington. Third, since the FBI wanted to spy on Trump aides who were not actually suspected of crimes, they couldn’t get regular warrants. To work around that, the FBI (under James Comey) and Department of Justice (under Loretta Lynch) falsely claimed the targets were foreign spies, making them eligible for FISA warrants. They also tried to entrap them (with help from CIA assets abroad), hoping they would commit illegal acts or say their colleagues had done so.
We know the FBI and CIA did all that, though we still don’t know all the details. We know, too, that the FBI and DoJ used opposition-party research and worthless gossip (the “Steele Dossier”) to gain the secret warrants on Carter Page. The second-ranking official in Comey’s FBI, Andrew McCabe, testified the warrants would never had been issued without the Steele material. Yet the FBI and DoJ never told the court it was unverified and never said who commissioned it.
Before the warrant was renewed, the FBI finally spoke with Steele’s main source, who told them the information was garbage. Instead of telling the court immediately, the bureau simply said the sub-source was truthful and falsely implied he backed Steele. This dunghill of deceit should lead to criminal indictments and major civil suits for damages.
Scandal No. 3: Covering up this spying, continuing it during the new administration, charging that Trump was not legitimately elected, and impeding his presidency with major investigations, based on false charges
After Trump was elected, top officials from the outgoing administration made two fundamental decisions. The first was to hide the earlier spying and continue it during the new presidency, using holdover officials and friendly bureaucrats. The second was to entangle the new administration in a series of sprawling investigations designed to prevent it from governing, even though Republicans had won the White House and both branches of Congress.
The Obama team did whatever it could to bring down the new administration, primarily with accusations Trump had won with Russia’s help. They went even further, saying Trump’s campaign had actively worked with the Kremlin. That’s treason. There was no evidence for it, but the mainstream media, led by the New York Times, Washington Post and all cable news channels except Fox, promoted it nonstop. The implication was clear: Because Trump was elected with help from a foreign enemy, he was not a legitimate president. This accusation has been the leitmotif of Democratic Party messaging and mainstream media coverage for the entire Trump presidency.
Proving these specious accusations was the main task of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, appointed after leaks from Comey. The fired FBI director told Congress his leaks were designed to force Mueller’s appointment. Mueller’s deputy, Andrew Weissmann, appointed a team of virulently anti-Trump lawyers to investigate and prosecute.
From the beginning, the Mueller team should have known, as the FBI did, that the charge of “Russian collusion” was false. Despite a massive, prolonged investigation, the Office of Special Counsel never charged any American (inside or outside the Trump campaign) with helping the Russians during the 2016 campaign. Yet the OSC continued its investigation, hiding exculpatory evidence, trying to catch Trump officials in false statements, and using strong-arm tactics to force confessions. The great prize would be nailing Trump himself. That failed, of course, but, as long as Mueller’s investigation continued, the thunderclouds of legal peril and a fraudulent election hung over the presidency.
The House Intelligence Committee knew the truth, early on, after conducting classified interviews with top Obama officials. The committee, controlled by Republicans in 2017-18, asked Obama’s senior officials in law enforcement, intelligence, and national security if they had any evidence the Trump campaign actually colluded with Russia. Every single one, testifying under oath, said they did not. In public, however, they said the exact opposite. Their false statements to the cameras carried weight because the public assumed, reasonably enough, that these former officials must have seen damning classified evidence. They hadn’t. Still, they spewed devastating anti-Trump messages the mainstream media was eager to broadcast. “Trump-Russia Collusion” was their biggest story for three years. And it wasn’t true.
The whole ruse would be exposed if the secret testimony were released. That’s why Democrats blocked it after they won the House. That’s why committee Chairman Adam Schiff could say, again and again, he had clear evidence Trump colluded with Russia. Similar messages came from Comey, former CIA head John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and others. Secretly, under oath, they acknowledged they had “no evidence of collusion, cooperation, or coordination.” Publicly, they said the opposite. Some called Trump a traitor, a Russian asset, or “Putin’s puppet.” All of them were media darlings. All of them were lying.
Conclusion: What do these three scandals mean, individually and collectively? The first, accessing the NSA database, is the largest violation of basic constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure in American history.
The second, surveillance of the Trump campaign, involves illegally using of the government’s most powerful tools of national intelligence and law enforcement against an opposition political party. These crimes directly attack two pillars of constitutional democracy: (1) elections should be free and fair, not corrupted by the party in power, and (2) law enforcement and intelligence should never be used as partisan instruments.
The third scandal attacks yet another pillar of constitutional democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a new administration. Handing government authority to the opposition party is a hallmark of stable democracy. Much as the Obama administration hated to see Hillary Clinton lose, it was obliged to transfer power seamlessly to Donald Trump. On the surface it did so. Beneath the surface, it erected every obstacle it could.
Obama officials worked especially hard to remove incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Because Gen. Flynn was an experienced intelligence officer, he would surely uncover the surveillance of Trump’s campaign and transition and stop its continuation against the new administration. He had to go. Now we know just how low the Obama administration and Comey FBI sunk to make that happen: spying, unmasking, leaking classified phone calls, discarding FBI protocols to set up an entrapment interview based on a meaningless “legal violation,” and telling Trump directly, as Obama did, not to hire Flynn.
Beyond this destructive mission, Brennan loyalists at the CIA burrowed into Trump’s National Security Council while the FBI tried to plant agents in the White House itself. Most important of all, the Obama team and their congressional allies helped launch multiple, full-scale investigations of “Russian collusion” with no solid basis, plenty of contrived “evidence,” and breathless media headlines. It all failed, but not before it damaged Trump’s presidency and the basic tenets of liberal democracy.
It’s an ugly picture, one that goes beyond dirty tricks and the normal bounds of “loyal opposition.” We still have a lot to learn, but we already know a great deal. We know how grave the three scandals were. We know they fit together, forming something much larger. With each new tranche of declassified documents, we see something big and hideous emerging from the Swamp, a political scandal of profound import.
Charles Lipson is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he founded the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.